Summary Book Review London at War 1939-1945 by Alan Jeffreys:
Download or read book London at War 1939-1945 written by Alan Jeffreys and published by . This book was released on 2018-04-24 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: At the outbreak of World War II, London suddenly found itself on the front line. While aerial attacks had played a part in World War I, the astounding technological advances since meant that by 1939 the city was threatened like never before. The attacks took a brutal toll. Almost 19,000 tons of bombs were dropped on the capital, and nearly 30,000 civilians were killed. The Blitz forever changed the landscape of the city, damaging iconic buildings like Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, and even the Imperial War Museums, while, in some areas, whole neighborhoods were all but wiped out. The transformation was social as well. As large numbers of service personnel arrived from the nations of the Commonwealth and from allies, London quickly became more cosmopolitan than ever, a crucial transit hub and a popular destination for troops on leave. This book tells the story of those momentous years in London's history through the unparalleled archives of Imperial War Museums. Personal accounts from letters and diaries are joined here by images of people and places in the period, maps, and documents, to give a remarkably full picture of a city at war--and determined to win.
Summary Book Review The Battle of London 1939-45 by Jerry White:
Download or read book The Battle of London 1939-45 written by Jerry White and published by Random House. This book was released on 2021-11-04 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The definitive social history of London in the Blitz, which transformed life in the capital beyond recognition. For Londoners the six long years of the Second World War were a time of almost constant anxiety, disruption, deprivation and sacrifice. The Blitz began in earnest in September 1940 and from then on, for prolonged periods, London was under sustained aerial bombardment by night and by day. Throughout the war, the capital was the nation's front line; by its end, 30,000 Londoners had lost their lives. Yet if the bombing defined the era for those who lived through it, the months of terror were outnumbered by those spent knitting together the fabric of daily life at work, in the home, on the allotment, in the cinema or theatre and, not least, standing in those interminable queues for daily necessities that were such a feature of London's war. Much has been written about 'the Myth of the Blitz' but in this riveting social history, Jerry White has unearthed what actually happened during those tempestuous years, getting close up to the daily lives of ordinary people, telling the story through their own voices. At the end of it all, the Battle of London was won not on the playing fields of Eton but in the playgrounds of a thousand council elementary schools across the capital.
Summary Book Review Leitfaden für britische Soldaten in Deutschland 1944 by The Bodleian Library:
Download or read book Leitfaden für britische Soldaten in Deutschland 1944 written by The Bodleian Library and published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch. This book was released on 2014-08-14 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ein Zeitzeugnis sondergleichen: So sahen die Briten uns Deutsche 1944 Als sich die britischen Soldaten 1944, noch vor Kriegsende also, auf den Weg nach Deutschland machten, steckte dieses Büchlein in ihren Hosentaschen. Eine Anleitung des britischen Außenministeriums, wie mit uns Deutschen umzugehen sei, ein Attest der britischen Zivilisiertheit und eine Warnung vor einem »merkwürdigen Volk«. Die Soldaten sollten psychologisch geschult werden, um nicht auf die Propagandamittel der Nazis hereinzufallen. Es sollte ihnen aber auch deutlich gemacht werden, dass sie sich allen Deutschen gegenüber immer fair zu verhalten hätten. Sehr konkret und teilweise auch ziemlich skurril wird beleuchtet, was wir gerne essen und trinken, welche Sportarten wir betreiben und wie wir feiern. 400.000 Soldaten haben 1944 diesen Leitfaden erhalten, der ihr Bild von uns Deutschen entscheidend geprägt hat. Uns kann er auch heute noch einen Spiegel vorhalten, und das Bild von uns, das wir in diesem Spiegel sehen, ist manchmal erschreckend, manchmal amüsant und oft unfassbar komisch. Mit einer Vorbemerkung von Helge Malchow und Christian Kracht
Summary Book Review London 1945 by Maureen Waller:
Download or read book London 1945 written by Maureen Waller and published by . This book was released on 2004 with total page 512 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: London at the outset of war in 1939 was the greatest city in the world, the heart of the British Empire. The defiant capital had always been Hitler's prime target and 1945, the last year of the war, saw the final phase of the battle of London. The Civil Defence could not have succeeded without the spirit, courage, resilience and co-operation of the people. London 1945 describes how a great city coped in crisis, how morale was sustained, shelter provided, food and clothing rationed, and work and entertainment carried on. Then, as the joy of VE Day and VJ Day passed into memory, Londoners faced severe shortages and all the problems of post-war adjustment. Women lost the independence the war had lent them, husbands and wives had to learn to live together again, and children had a lot of catching up to do. The year of victory, 1945, represents an important chapter in London's - and Britain's - long history.
Summary Book Review Sources for the History of London 1939-45 by Heather J. Creaton:
Download or read book Sources for the History of London 1939-45 written by Heather J. Creaton and published by Twayne Publishers. This book was released on 1998 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review BRITISH WAR FILMS, 1939 - 45 by S. P. Mackenzie:
Download or read book BRITISH WAR FILMS, 1939 - 45 written by S. P. Mackenzie and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2001-01-01 with total page 273 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The cinema was the most popular form of entertainment during the Second World War. Film was a critically important medium for influencing opinion. Films, such as In Which We Serve and One of Our Aircraft is Missing, shaped the British people's perceptions of the conflict. British War Films, 1939-45 is an account of the feature films produced during the war, rather than government documentaries and official propaganda, making the book an important index of British morale and values at a time of desperate national crisis.
Author :Compiled from official records Publisher :Andrews UK Limited Release Date :2012-03-29 ISBN 10 :9781781513798 Pages :192 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.1/5 (379 users download)
Summary Book Review The Battle Honours of the Second World War 1939-1945 and Korea 1950-1953 by Compiled from official records:
Download or read book The Battle Honours of the Second World War 1939-1945 and Korea 1950-1953 written by Compiled from official records and published by Andrews UK Limited. This book was released on 2012-03-29 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In February 1925 the War Office published an Army Order listing the battle honours awarded for the Great War, and although this was announced as the final list there were subsequent revisions and minor amendments. No such list was published after WWII but an (unofficial?) Record was published in 1958 by the War Office, with a limited distribution, which included the Korean War battle honours, and this is that list with 651 actions. This Record covers only British, including British Gurkha, Regiments and Colonial Regiments. In most cases there is a brief summary of the operations with an indication of the troops involved and these include Commonwealth troops though the question of their Battle Honours is one for the Commonwealth Government concerned and the Sovereign. There were a good many errors in the list, typographical, grammatical, misspelling of place names, dates and order of battle. In some cases there was confusion between those battle honours which were selected to be carried on the Colours and those which were simply awarded. Strange new regiments appeared:- Highlanders Light Infantry (a persistent favourite), King’s Own Yeomanry Light Infantry, the K.A.R.R.R.C, London Irish Fusiliers, London Irish Buffs, Queen’s Own Nigeria Regiment (an unauthorised ‘Queen’s Own’), and the Royal West King Regiment, to name some of them. Place names also caused some trouble and in some of the brief descriptions of the engagements or actions there were order of battle mistakes such as the confusion between the 12th Frontier Force Regiment and 13th Frontier Force Rifles, two different regiments of the old Indian Army. The index contained scores of place names that had nothing to do with anything, this has been pruned drastically so that it contains only those places for which a battle honour was awarded. Every effort has been made to eliminate errors and present a corrected version and a number of sources was used the most important of which was H.C.B.Cook’s The Battle Honours of the British and Indian Armies 1662-1982, a magnificent piece of work. Other valuable works included: Orders of BattleSecond World War 1939-1945 H.F.Joslen; Commonwealth Divisions 1939-1945 Malcolm A.Bellis; A Register of the Regiments and Corps of the British Army Arthur Swinson; Regiments and Corps of the British Army Ian S.Hallows and Handbook of British Regiments Christopher Chant.
Summary Book Review The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939–1945 by Max Hastings:
Download or read book The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939–1945 written by Max Hastings and published by HarperCollins UK. This book was released on 2015-09-10 with total page 640 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ‘As gripping as any spy thriller, Hastings’s achievement is especially impressive, for he has produced the best single volume yet written on the subject’ Sunday Times ‘Authoritative, exciting and notably well written’ Daily Telegraph ‘A serious work of rigourous and comprehensive history ... royally entertaining and readable’ Mail on Sunday
Summary Book Review The Battle for North Africa by Glyn Harper:
Download or read book The Battle for North Africa written by Glyn Harper and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2017-06-06 with total page 337 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “A well-researched and highly readable account of one of World War II’s most important ‘turning point’ battles.” —Jerry D. Morelock, Senior Editor at HistoryNet.com In the early years of World War II, Germany shocked the world with a devastating blitzkrieg, rapidly conquered most of Europe, and pushed into North Africa. As the Allies scrambled to counter the Axis armies, the British Eighth Army confronted the experienced Afrika Corps, led by German field marshal Erwin Rommel, in three battles at El Alamein. In the first battle, the Eighth Army narrowly halted the advance of the Germans during the summer of 1942. However, the stalemate left Nazi troops within striking distance of the Suez Canal, which would provide a critical tactical advantage to the controlling force. War historian Glyn Harper dives into the story, vividly narrating the events, strategies, and personalities surrounding the battles and paying particular attention to the Second Battle of El Alamein, a crucial turning point in the war that would be described by Winston Churchill as “the end of the beginning.” Moving beyond a simple narrative of the conflict, The Battle for North Africa tackles critical themes, such as the problems of coalition warfare, the use of military intelligence, the role of celebrity generals, and the importance of an all-arms approach to modern warfare.
Summary Book Review The Battle of Britain, 1945-1965 by Garry Campion:
Download or read book The Battle of Britain, 1945-1965 written by Garry Campion and published by Springer. This book was released on 2015-10-06 with total page 366 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Seventy-five years after the Battle of Britain, the Few's role in preventing invasion continues to enjoy a revered place in popular memory. The Air Ministry were central to the Battle's valorisation. This book explores both this, and also the now forgotten 1940 Battle of the Barges mounted by RAF bombers.
Summary Book Review Kent at War 1939–45 by Tanya Wynn:
Download or read book Kent at War 1939–45 written by Tanya Wynn and published by Pen and Sword. This book was released on 2019-06-30 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Kent at War 1939 - 45 is a comprehensive account of the part that the county played in the Second World War, covering in great detail a combination of life on the home front from a civilian perspective balanced against that of a military one.The book's narrative looks at the part played by the Dover Patrol in keeping Allied shipping safe in the English Channel, not to mention the preparation and the aftermath of the Dunkirk evacuations in May 1940, with all of the vessels leaving from and returning to Kent ports and harbors. Other topics covered include the part played by the numerous Kent airfields during the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940, and the Richborough camp, which was set up in 1939 at the old First World War Kitchener barracks. Here Jewish men who had escaped from such countries as Germany and Austria, were put up as refugees, and the book includes never before published letters written to one of the camps residents during his stay there.The author also discusses the county's military hospitals, Belgium refugees, as well as the restricted military areas that adorned the Kent coast line, as the people of Kent battened down the hatches knowing full well that not only were they on the front line of attack, but the very first line of defense in the case of a German invasion.
Summary Book Review Churchill's Army by Stephen Bull:
Download or read book Churchill's Army written by Stephen Bull and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2016-09-22 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Winston Churchill, Britain's iconic war time Prime Minister, is inextricably linked with the victorious British Army of 1939 to 1945. Yet hindsight, propaganda, and the imperative of the defeat of Hitler and Imperial Japan, have led to a tendency to oversimplify the image of Churchill the war leader, and 'his' Army. For whilst Churchill was undeniably a towering statesman, his relations with both the Army and War Office were ambiguous and altered considerably not only with the progress of the Second World War, but over decades. In this comprehensive book, Stephen Bull examines every aspect of the British Army during the Second World War, and considers in detail the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation that was tested to its limits on many fronts but made an immense contribution to the successful Allied outcome. The book explores the structure of military power from the men who ran it, the Generals to the detail of the regiments they commanded. It looks at the uniforms the soldiers wore and the badges and insignia they bore on their uniforms. The weaponry Churchill's army used is discussed in detail, from small arms including rifles, bayonets, grenades, carbines and machine guns to the massed firepower of the artillery along with the increasing sophistication of tanks and other military vehicles during the period. Finally the role of auxiliary and special forces and their contribution to the campaign is considered. The comprehensive text is enhanced by more than 200 contemporary photographs.
Summary Book Review The Battle For History by John Keegan:
Download or read book The Battle For History written by John Keegan and published by Random House. This book was released on 2010-12-15 with total page 21 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Although 50 years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbour? Could the Allies have invaded France before 1944? Might bombing the Auschwitz railway have impeded the course of the Holocaust? John Keegan here assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II - and the controversies it has generated - in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment.
Summary Book Review Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941 by Daniel Todman:
Download or read book Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941 written by Daniel Todman and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2016 with total page 826 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "First published in Great Britain by Allen Lane"--Title page verso.
Summary Book Review The Aerial War: 1939–45 by David Baker:
Download or read book The Aerial War: 1939–45 written by David Baker and published by Arcturus Publishing. This book was released on 2020-06-01 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The war is a war of machines; it will be won on the assembly line. - Lord Beaverbrook, Minister of Aircraft Production Just as vital as the battle on land or the struggle at sea, the air war ultimately tipped the balance of power in World War II. Many campaigns rode on the capabilities of their airforce, as British Spitfires were pitted against Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Japanese Zeros. Aerospace expert David Baker explores this battle in the skies, detailing the technical leaps that were made and little-known histories about the men and women involved, from pilots to factory workers. Featuring magnificent photographs and illustrations, The Aerial War gives a brilliant insight into many key battles and highlights the integral role that aviation played in securing an Allied victory.
Download or read book Wartime written by Juliet Gardiner and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2016-05-26 with total page 800 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Juliet Gardiner's critically acclaimed book - the first in a generation to tell the people's story of the Second World War - offers a compelling and comprehensive account of the pervasiveness of war on the Home Front. The book has been commended for its inclusion of many under-described aspects of the Home Front, and alongside familiar stories of food shortages, evacuation and the arrival of the GIs, are stories of Conscientious Objectors, persecuted Italians living in Britain and Lumber Jills working in the New Forest. Drawing on a multitude of sources, many previously unpublished, she tells the story of those six gruelling years in voices from the Orkney Islands to Cornwall, from the Houses of Parliament to the Nottinghamshire mines.
Summary Book Review Europe at War 1939-1945 by Norman Davies:
Download or read book Europe at War 1939-1945 written by Norman Davies and published by Pan Macmillan. This book was released on 2008-09-04 with total page 546 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The conventional narrative of the Second World War is well known: after six years of brutal fighting on land, sea and in the air, the Allied Powers prevailed and the Nazi regime was defeated. But as in so many things, the truth is somewhat different. Bringing a fresh eye to bear on a story we think we know, Norman Davies.Davies forces us to look again at those six years and to discard the usual narrative of Allied good versus Nazi evil, reminding us that the war in Europe was dominated by two evil monsters - Hitler and Stalin - whose fight for supremacy consumed the best people in Germany and in the USSR . The outcome of the war was at best ambiguous, the victory of the West was only partial, its moral reputation severely tarnished and, for the greater part of the continent of Europe, ‘liberation’ was only the beginning of more than fifty years of totalitarian oppression. ‘Davies writes with real knowledge and passion.’ Michael Burleigh, Evening Standard ‘Punchy and compelling' Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph